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Darling-Ibbotson Papers

Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-019

Content Description

Personal correspondence, 1822-1851: Contains correspondence primarily among Anne Frances Darling Ibbotson, Thomas Darling, Sr. (father of A.F. Darling Ibbotson), and Henry Ibbotson (husband of A.F. Darling Ibbotson). Additional senders and receivers include: A.F. Darling Ibbotson's brothers, Thomas, Jr., and Joseph F.; A.F. Darling Ibbotson's sisters, Clara, Susan, and Henrietta; and A.F. Darling Ibbotson's mother, Frances. A.F. Darling Ibbotson and Henry Ibbotson are the parents of Joseph Darling Ibbotson, Sr.; he married Mary Dunscomb and they are the parents of Joseph Darling Ibbotson, Jr., Class of 1890 at Hamilton College, and later Professor of English and Hebrew and Librarian at the College. Finding aid available (list of letters and correspondents).


  • Creation: 1822-1851
  • Creation: undated


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Biographical / Historical

Anne Frances Darling Ibbotsen was born on February 12, 1811 in Binghamton, New York. After studying in New York City for a brief period, Anne traveled to London, married Henry Cary Ibbotsen in July of 1833, and lived there until the end of the decade. Anne returned to Brookyln in 1840 with her 3 children where she went on to have 3 more children with her husband. Anne passed away at the age of 75 on September 29, 1886 in New York

Thomas Darling Sr. was born on April 25, 1785 in New Haven, Connecticut. A descendant of the Ely family, who first settled in Connecticut in the 1600s, Thomas lived in New Haven until he went off to college at Yale, where he graduated in 1803. Thomas then worked as a wholesale merchant with the New York City firm McGregor and Darling. Darling married Frances Frith in New Haven in 1807, with whom he had at least 12 children with, 3 sons and 9 daughters. Thomas Darling senior passed away on January 14, 1843 at the age of 57. He was buried in his home town of New Haven, Connecticut at the Grove Street Cemetery.

Henry Cary Ibbotsen as born on June 18, 1797 in Sheffield, England. There he established the great house of Ibbotsen Brothers in Sheffield, becoming a senior partner at the cutlery manufacturing business that was known as Globe Works. Ibbotsen came to New York some time before July of 1833 where he would meet his future wife, eventually returning to England and marrying Anne Frances Darling with whom he had 6 children with. Henry Cary Ibbotsen passed away from cholera on August 27, 1849 in his home in Connecticut.


.4 Linear Feet (half-size box)

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The Darling/Ibbotsen Papers contain personal correspondence primarily between Anne Frances Darling Ibbotsen, Thomas Darling Sr., and Henry Ibbotsen, among other members of the Darling family. The contents of letters consist of general family discussion regarding the daily lives of the Ibbotsen family. Researchers examining the papers will gain insight into the Ibbotsen family, grandparents of Joseph Darling Ibbotsen Jr. who was an alumni, professor, and librarian of Hamilton College, specifically Anne's travels to New York City and England for work and study.


The Darling-Ibbotson Papers are arranged in chronological order.

Jonathan Pietrafesa '24
Fall 2023
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Part of the Hamilton College Archives Repository

198 College Hill Road
Clinton NY United States